I am Professor of Applied Microeconomics at the Department of Economics, Ghent University, Belgium. I am also the director of RISLαβ—the Risk, Insurance, and Savings Laboratory. I obtained my PhD in economics from the Econometric Institute at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Tinbergen Institute in 2009, and I have been a professor since 2015. I currently serve as an Associate Editor at the European Economic Review.


I investigate the determinants of preferences, and the effects of preferences on behaviour. I employ a variety of tools, including formal modelling, natural experiments, randomised controlled trials, and lab experiments. I am further interested in applying principles from behavioural economics to a variety of problems in development economics, environmental sustainability, and financial markets. 



I am currently looking for students interested in completing a PhD.  Possible topics include individual decision making, behavioural economics, and development economics. In case of interest, send me a CV and short motivation statement in  PDF format to ferdinand.vieider [at]

I am guest-editing a Special Issue of Theory and Decision on `Poverty and Economic Decision Making' jointly with Erik Wengström. 

RISLαβ is happy to announce the opening of its  regional office for Africa at the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Making, University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, in Morocco:



I am guest-editing a mini-Syposium at the European Economic Review on `Nudges and Incentives'.